Day 11: Sydney Eloise & the Palms – Faces
We have reached Day 11 of Chris’ 31 Days of Music and the good tunes keep on rolling. Here on Day 11 we offer up an album built around beautiful vocals and seductive melodies. The debut record – Faces – from Atlanta’s Sydney Eloise & the Palms is one of the more entertaining and well written albums of 2015.
New music comes and goes like night and day. Some albums make long lasting impressions while most quietly fade away as time passes. The debut record from Sydney Eloise & the Palms is one of those special recordings that will stick around for quite some time. With Faces the Atlanta band creates a massive soundscape of spacey melodies that comforts Sydney Eloise’s sultry vocals as she sings about less than favorable relationships.
Each track is a self-contained story that touches on the good, the bad and the ugly of love wrapped in a saccharine coated pop refrain. The beautifully arranged “Tell Me What I want To Hear” is a truthful glimpse at a relationship that has rotted over time due to his ability to lie and her ability to accept it. The songs on this record take on a 60’s pop feel and it is quite evident with “Always Sailing”. As Eloise croons about trying to make what they have work, the song takes on a Dusty Springfield or Leslie Gore vibe. Fuzzy guitars pierce the pop melodies of “I Like You” a song about the changing powers being in love has. Psychedelic infused pop sounds lead the way through a cloud of anger on “Sorry, Not Sorry” with Eloise singing about what goes through someone’s mind after things end poorly. One of the best tracks on the song is “Loneliest Boy in NY” which is a reply to the Simon & Garfunkel tune. After the S&G song shook Eloise out of a creative black hole the words flowed freely as she penned a brilliant song.
Faces is a true labor of love from Sydney Eloise and the fine musicians that aided in the crafting of this record. During the tenuous process Damon Moon and Chandler Galloway worked with Eloise to fine tune her ideas and give listeners this marvelous record. Layer upon layer of sounds flow through this album working in harmony for the greater good creating a musical wave that envelops listeners taking them to a place of comfort and familiarity. Eloise’s vocals pierce this musical wall taking the rightful place as the central part of the overall sound. As stated earlier each track is a self-contained story but when you listen to the album as a whole they rely on each other and it is that reliance that makes this album even better. Sydney Eloise & the Palms have given listeners a timeless album that will remain fresh and relevant for years to come.
31 Days of Music
Day 11 – Sydney Eloise & the Palms – Faces
Day 12 – Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country
Day 13 – Bohannons – Black Cross, Black Shield
Day 14 – Feral – Automatic Biters
Day 15 – Futurebirds – Hotel Parties
Day 16 – Ike Reilly – Born on Fire
Day 17 – Blue Blood – This Is The Life
Day 18 – Patrick Sweany – Daytime Turned to Nighttime
Day 19 – Mark Utley’s Bulletville – Bulletville
Day 20 – Porter – This Red Mountain
Day 21 – Left Lane Cruiser – Dirty Spliff Blues
Day 22 – Leon – Bridges
Day 23 – Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune
Day 24 – Kent Goolsby & the Gold Standard – No Substitute for Handsome
Day 25 – Tedo Stone – Marshes
Day 26 – The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
Day 27 – American Aquarium – Wolves
Day 28 – Strange Majik – Lights On
Day 29 – Banditos – Banditos
Day 30 – The Juliana Hatfield Three – Whatever, My Love
Day 31 – Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Under the Savage Sky